Birmingham, MICH – After consecutive wins against ranked opponents, Colorado State University dropped a tough decision to unranked Davenport on Sunday afternoon at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, MI. The Rams, who had won an emotional double overtime contest the night before, couldn’t get on track offensively and fell by one goal for the fourth time this season.
Despite a sluggish start to the game by both teams, the Rams led 2-1 after one period of play before hitting a rough patch over the next fifteen minutes as Davenport outscored CSU 3-1 to take a 4-3 lead into the halftime break. Brian Larocque scored his third goal of the game early in the third quarter to give the Panthers a two-goal lead. CSU battled back, but never could tie the game, even after a goal with :16 remaining in the fourth pulled them within one.
Davenport’s defense was outstanding against a CSU offense that had been clicking on all cylinders over the past several weeks. The quick-sliding Panthers forced the Rams into several bad shots and turnovers. CSU’s man-up was a disappointing 0-4 on the afternoon as well, missing several key opportunities to tie the game or take the lead.
Larocque added an assist to his three goals to lead all scorers while Parker Horvath added three goals for the Panthers. CSU was led by sophomore attackmen Ashton Monheiser (Mountain Vista HS; Highlands Ranch, CO) and Brian Taggart (Mountain Vista HS; Highlands Ranch, CO), who had two goals each. Monheiser had an assist as well.
Colorado State led most statistical categories, including shots, groundballs, clearing and face-offs, but were unable to finish the job against a pesky Panthers team that was playing for its playoff lives. The Rams split time in net with each goaltender giving up four goals while Logan Poe went the distance for Davenport and made 12 saves.
Colorado State (7-5 overall; 1-0 RMLC) will enjoy a week off before entering RMLC play in earnest next week. The Rams will go on a critical three-game road trip to Utah ahead of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown with Colorado in search of a conference playoff berth.